Engineering

Expert: Roads need to be 'smart.' Here's why.

Constant construction on your vacation route, jarring potholes during the winter and bridge collapses will continue until roads are "smart enough" to better prevent their own damage, says a Purdue University civil engineer.

Energy & Green Tech

Wind, solar could replace coal power in Texas

Texas can be a model for the nation on how to effectively replace coal with wind and solar for the state's energy needs while meeting environmental goals, according to new research by Rice University engineers. 

Engineering

Nano-engineered sealer leads to more durable concrete

A nanomaterials-engineered penetrating sealer developed by Washington State University researchers is able to better protect concrete from moisture and salt—the two most damaging factors in crumbling concrete infrastructure ...

Energy & Green Tech

Researchers suggest electric vehicles need to be made lighter

A pair of economists, one with the University of Calgary, the other, the University of California, along with a civil engineer from Carnegie Mellon University, is suggesting in a Comment piece in the journal Nature, that ...

Engineering

Bacteria could help build eco-friendly construction materials

They are working with start-up company Adaptavate, which makes sustainable building materials. Their biodegradable plasterboard, Breathaboard uses compostable crop waste instead of gypsum, is lighter and has better thermal ...

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